August 20, 2001 |
The aircraft carrier Constellation and six other American warships begin a five-day visit here today in the latest sign of improving U.S.-Chinese relations. On Sunday, U.S. military officials described the ships' arrival as routine, but it is in many ways more a return to routine. The Constellation's presence marks the first time such a large group of U.S.
August 12, 2001 |
China has rejected an offer by the United States to pay $34,576 in support costs for a crippled Navy spy plane as unacceptable after Beijing demanded $1 million, the official New China News Agency reported Saturday. "The so-called decision is unacceptable to China both in its content and form," Zhang Qiyue, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, was quoted by the news agency as saying. U.S.
August 9, 2001 |
Four senior American senators warned Chinese President Jiang Zemin on Wednesday that Beijing's continued sale of sensitive missile technology to other countries would trigger an arms race detrimental to both the U.S. and China. The lawmakers also told Jiang that such sales would boost support in the United States for developing a missile defense system--a step vehemently opposed by China. "He made the point he didn't want to see an arms race," Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.
August 5, 2001 |
The recent release of three jailed Chinese-born scholars with strong ties to the United States removed a barrier to improved Sino-American ties, but their ordeal has so traumatized the international academic community that research on China could be crippled for years, analysts believe. All three spent months in jail before being convicted of spying.
August 2, 2001 |
China has formally charged U.S. academic Wu Jianmin with endangering national security, a Hong Kong-based rights group said. Wu, detained April 8, will probably go on trial before President Bush's planned visit to China in October, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said. But State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Wu's status has not changed since he was formally arrested May 25.
July 31, 2001 |
The State Department voiced its strong displeasure Monday with Chinese state television's decision to edit out comments on Taiwan and human rights from an interview with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell it broadcast over the weekend. The U.S. Embassy in China had an agreement with Chinese Central Television that Saturday's interview would be aired in its entirety, department officials said.
July 29, 2001 |
In a signal that U.S.-China relations are back on track, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell held a whirlwind series of meetings Saturday with the top leadership here and established the framework for movement on the thorniest differences between the two countries, from arms proliferation and human rights to U.S. aerial surveillance.
July 27, 2001 |
In a reflection of the wide gap that still divides Washington and Beijing, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Thursday that the Bush administration intends to follow up on the release of three scholars convicted of espionage by pressing China on the fate of other detainees with U.S. connections.
July 26, 2001 |
In a signal of its desire for better relations with Washington, Beijing today released two U.S.-based Chinese scholars convicted just two days ago on charges of spying for Taiwan and sentenced to 10 years in prison, U.S. and Chinese officials announced here today. Sociologist Gao Zhan, who was detained Feb. 11, was expelled and put on a plane to the United States, a senior U.S. official said. She was reportedly put aboard a Northwest flight to Detroit.
July 24, 2001 |
A Chinese court convicted a U.S.-based, Chinese-born academic on espionage charges today and sentenced her to a 10-year prison term, her family said. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court found Gao Zhan guilty after a one-day trial in which Gao spoke in her own defense and maintained her innocence. Gao, 39, a researcher at American University in Washington, was detained along with her husband and son by state security agents as they prepared to return to the U.S.